For 115 years, Rotarians have focused on living according the Rotary motto: Service Above Self.
In 1990, recognizing the need to respond to the growing environmental crisis, Rotary International launched Preserve Planet Earth. The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC) responded immediately. And today, seedlings planted by the club in the early days of Preserve Planet Earth now tower over the Sammamish Slough providing shade for salmon and aquatic birds and mammals.
Over the years, the BBRC has partnered with many organizations to solve environmental problems by reforesting, supporting animal sanctuaries, reducing toxic waste, sponsoring educational activities, and promoting healthy ecological practices. Our partners are many and include the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, several local high schools, Mountain to Sound Greenway Trust, King County and the Issaquah, Bellevue and Redmond Parks and Recreation departments, among others.
Our Preserve Planet Earth projects offer opportunities for Rotarians, their children, and partnering organizations engage in rewarding hands-on work to benefit our local environment. In 2019, the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club, in cooperation with Mountain to Sound Greenway Trust, helped plant over 1000 trees at Lake Sammamish State Park in a single day! The doughnuts probably helped.